Planning a one-day trip to London?
Don’t sweat it! This blog will help you plan to see the city’s biggest and best sights in just 24 hours. Even though seeing London in a day is no easy feat, it is possible, if you know how to do it. You could rush around trying to see everything in different parts of the city but that would be exhausting, and you’d probably miss out on some of the best things London has to offer. So, start by booking yourself an opulent stay at the ideally located Montcalm at the Brewery London City and read on to plan better!
The top spot on your 24 hours in London list must be Westminster Abbey.
This living Anglican church in Westminster, moments away from your hotel near Chiswell Street London is a stunning example of Gothic architecture and has been the site for an array of significant royal events, including coronations, weddings, and state funerals. Being the spectacular landmark that it is, Westminster Abbey is also the final resting place of some of the UK’s most important historical and literary figures, including Charles Dickens, Stephen Hawking, and William Wilberforce.
In June 2018, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries opened in the Abbey’s Triforium. These galleries offer stunning views of the abbey and its surroundings, and they also house some of the abbey’s most precious treasures from paintings and stained glass to pavements and textiles. If history or literature fascinates you, then you must include Westminster Abbey on your 24 hours in London itinerary. You can wander through the abbey’s many chapels and chambers and get a closer look at the grandeur of British history with your family.
P.S. Don’t forget to visit Poet’s Corner, where you’ll find the graves of some of the UK’s greatest poets and writers which is sure to leave you feeling inspired.
The Houses of Parliament
The next stop on this 1-day London sightseeing itinerary is the Houses of Parliament only a short distance from your luxury family hotel. The Houses of Parliament, also known as the Palace of Westminster, is home to the UK government, including the elected House of Commons and the appointed or hereditary House of Lords. The building dates to the mid-19th century, but its oldest part is Westminster Hall, which was built in the 11th century. This hall is one of only a few sections that survived a catastrophic fire in 1834.
A visit to the Houses of Parliament is like taking a road to the very heart of British democracy. You can watch debates in the House of Commons, explore the state apartments, and even climb to the top of the Elizabeth Tower (home to Big Ben). Don’t hesitate to take a guided tour with your family and experience the charm of this spot for yourself.
Trafalgar Square is a vibrant public square in London that is home to some of the city’s best attractions. It is home to Nelson’s Column, a towering obelisk that commemorates Admiral Horatio Nelson’s victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. You’ll also find four prominent bronze lions at the base of the column here sculpted by Edward Landseer.
A personal favourite: The square is flanked by the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery, two of the world’s most famous art galleries that are sure to turn you into art lovers.
But once you are here, you’ll realise what really makes Trafalgar Square special is its atmosphere. The square is always bustling with activity yet is a great place to just relax and enjoy the view. Also, don’t forget to indulge in the famous Montcalm Hotel afternoon tea to get that rejuvenation after a long but well-spent day tackling the best of London.